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Molecular evidence of Rickettsia felis infection in dogs from northern territory, Australia

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Author(s): Hii Sze-Fui | Kopp Steven | Thompson Mary | O'Leary Caroline | Rees Robert | Traub Rebecca

Journal: Parasites & Vectors
ISSN 1756-3305

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 198;
Date: 2011;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Abstract The prevalence of spotted fever group rickettsial infection in dogs from a remote indigenous community in the Northern Territory (NT) was determined using molecular tools. Blood samples collected from 130 dogs in the community of Maningrida were subjected to a spotted fever group (SFG)-specific PCR targeting the ompB gene followed by a Rickettsia felis-specific PCR targeting the gltA gene of R. felis. Rickettsia felis ompB and gltA genes were amplified from the blood of 3 dogs. This study is the first report of R. felis infection in indigenous community dogs in NT.
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